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Boho, or bohemian style, originated some 40-50 years ago but is still predominant in today’s homes. But what is boho style home decor? It is a melding pot of color, texture, and pattern, Boho style blends influences and elements from different cultures and eras.
Originally referring to travelers from the central-eastern European region of ancient Bohemia, Bohemian style traditionally described people who lived unconventional lives that were richly artistic and nomadic. This traveling gypsy ideal meant that elements of various styles and cultures were amalgamated into an eclectic and unique style. During the 60s and 70s, Bohemian style enjoyed a renewed popularity, and many of the key features of that era are consistent with today's Boho-chic style.
The design rules of Boho are that there are no rules. Anything you’ve collected throughout your life, display it. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t 'match' anything else you have - it’s not supposed to. Fill your space with a collection of fabrics, patterns, books, art, mirrors, vintage pieces, or travel memoirs, and a chic chaos will emerge. wooden furnishings are a must, random and busy surfaces are typical, and humor and kitsch sit comfortably in modern Boho interiors. For all its free-forming and design anarchy, Boho does have some common themes that can be followed to create an effortlessly eclectic bohemian-inspired space.
What does boho style look like?
Bright colors and lots of patterns such as florals and paisleys mixed with ethnic patterns like tribal prints and geometric patterns are a hallmark of boho chic style. If brights aren't for you, embrace a subdued mix of shades like olive green, cognac, mustard yellow, and rusty oranges.